Sri Lanka have left for England on Thursday to take part in the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after intense training. Before leaving the country, coach Graham Ford said Wednesday that the team was hoping for an upset.
Speaking to reporters in Colombo ahead their departure, the Sri Lanka coach said preparing for the tournament was one of his biggest challenges.
“We have to be realistic and accept that we go into this tournament as underdogs,” Ford said. “Sometimes that is a good place to be.” [Read also: World Cup qualifier shifted from Bangladesh]
Though the South African head coach of middle-ranked Sri Lanka side declined to identify the main opponents, he said Sri Lanka were up against some “fantastic players”, but they were in danger of lowering their guard.
“We will just be going one game at a time. It is no point in looking past the next game. In world cricket today, every single match that you play is tough.
“There are some high quality performers in every team. The group we are up against has some fantastic cricketers. We have to be on our best,” he added.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com